The Compelling Epidemic of E-Cigarette Use: Dangers, Emerging Evidence, and Prevention for Protecting Public Health (Webinar)
12 - 1 p.m. EST
This webinar highlights the surging prevalence of nicotine use that has escalated in recent years resulting in a national public health epidemic of e-cigarette use. Trends of electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette) use among adolescents and young adults has escalated at alarming rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarettes are the most common tobacco product among youth. Past progress in reducing overall tobacco product use in the youth population has been erased.
The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that the use of nicotine by youth in any form is unsafe. Nicotine in e-cigarettes is highly addictive and has neurotoxic effects on developing brains. These products can also be used to vape marijuana, herbs, waxes, oils and other illicit drugs.
E-cigarette solutions contain harmful chemicals, carcinogens, and have been linked to serious lung disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiolitis obliterans (”popcorn lung”). Emerging evidence regarding health-related dangers of vaping raises many questions about alarming lung illnesses, some reported cases necessitating intensive care treatment and ventilator support. Long-term health effects on users and secondhand vape harm are still unknown.
This presentation aims to inform, engage, and answer questions for those interested in exploring strategies to minimize the use of electronic cigarette technology and harm reduction related to the dangers of the indiscriminate use of nicotine products in vulnerable populations, particularly the youth and young adult population.